IELTS writing can be nerve wrecking, time taking if you use an unorganized approach. IELTS writing test is designed to assess the writing skills of a candidate on the basis of writing appropriate response, organizing ideas, good vocabulary range and proper usage of grammar.

  • IELTS Writing Task 1 – 150 words (duration: 60 min)


  • IELTS Writing Task 2 – 250 words (duration: 60 min)


Here is list of tips for IELTS writing:-

  • Analyzing the task – Properly analyze the task and make sure you get the information needed, make a note of it. Before writing an essay in IELTS analyzing the task given can help you have a proper idea of the topic.


  • Planning before writing – Writing immediately with an intention to save time is not at all recommended. Read the question carefully, do a proper planning on how to approach and conclude the writing task. This is to avoid all the confusion when you are halfway done with the essay and you realize you cannot finish it.


  • Stick to the topic – Test takers mostly go astray while writing, end up discussing about the unrelated subjects causing the reader to lose interest. So avoid this situation, try to write clear related ideas concisely and coherently.
  • Avoid Redundancy – Repeating of ideas in paragraphs of your essay is marked as an unhealthy habit of writing, it may cost you. So, try to avoid repetition of ideas and make sure you one idea on each paragraphs.


  • Word Count – Make sure you write enough words but do not write too many words. Try aiming to write between 260-280 words in an essay and 160 – 180 words in report writing.


  • Time Management – Make efficient use of your time while writing. Basically experts advise to use 40 minutes for essay writing and 20 minutes for task 1. Keep in mind to attempt the essay first as it is worth twice the marks of the report.


  • Grammatical mistakes – It is vital to check your writing for grammatical mistakes, spell check and punctuation because it may cost you marks.


  • Vocabulary range – Avoid word repetition, use of precise words instead of long, complex words will get you better score.


  • Writing for Examiner – Examiner will not spend a long time on reading essay and grade your paper. So writing to create an immediate good impression on the examiner will help you score well in your IELTS writing test.


Follow all the above listed tips if you are looking forward to score higher bands in your IELTS test.

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